The fact that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the most popular mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was not a factor in the decision to cut him a break earlier this month, when "Bones" was busted for driving 40 m.p.h. over the speed limit.
So says Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department (BCSD).
"Although you hear the deputy say he cut him a break... in my opinion no, he didn't get a break in this situation," BCSO Sgt. Aaron Williamson told KRQE News. "In this case, he was the only other car on the roadway... so speeding in this particular case is not an arrestable offense. We can't take what happened on someone else's scene or past criminal behavior to make decisions on that particular stop."
Listen to the audio of his traffic stop here and decide for yourself.
Jones, who is on probation for last year's hit-and-run, is expected to receive a small fine and three days of community service for the infraction. That won't be finalized until he (eventually) shows up in court, but last week's appearance has been postponed until March.
In the interim, "Bones" will concentrate on his UFC 197 pay-per-view (PPV) title fight against Daniel Cormier, taking place on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here).